Fan Saves Olympian’s Life With One Email

Unfortunately, cancer is a common part of modern day life, and it can be pretty scary since there is not really a reliable cure. Skin cancer is one of the most common types, but luckily is very treatable and identifiable because the evidence is right on the skin. However, if not found and treated, skin cancer can become life-threatening, which is why it’s a good idea to have a dermatologist check all your moles once a year.

Aussie Olympic Swimmer Mackenzie “Mack” Horton knows this now, but it took an eagle-eyed fan watching the Rio Olympics to notice that a mole on his upper chest looked very different then it did four years ago at the summer games in London. The concerned fan emailed the Australian Swim Team’s doctor and recommended that he get the mole looked at, and it was very lucky for Mack that he did because it turned out the mole was melanoma!

How a fan spots a change over that length of time and over a television is beyond us, but Mack is very grateful that they did. He got the mole removed and has been doing great since! He posted a pic of himself post-op to thank the random stranger, “Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out. Good call. Very good call.”

Seriously. Great call! Good job, random swim fan!